The new midsize convertible makes the BMW 6 Series feel really, really old

When it unveiled the new E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz confirmed what we already knew: that the midsize sedan looks like a smaller S-Class (or a larger C-Class if you prefer). But while styling is a matter of taste, the E-Class is arguably the most advanced vehicle on the midsize market thanks to its state-of-the-art features, and this feat has extended other versions that followed. Having already launched a coupe, wagon, and the All-Terrain models, Mercedes-Benz introduced the E-Class Cabriolet at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Brought into U.S. dealerships for the 2018 model year, the E-Class Cabriolet shares styling cues with its Coupe sibling. However, a big change compared to its predecessor has occurred under the skin. Unlike the previous model, the new E-Class Cabriolet shares underpinnings with the brand-new E-Class sedan, which rides on a rear-wheel drive architecture, dubbed MRA, that’s lighter and extremely flexible. This is a big deal for the midsize drop-top, which previously sat on the same platform as the C-Class, making it rather short and cramped compared to its competitors. It’s also roomier than ever and equipped with the company’s latest technology.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Convertible.

Exterior

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Not surprisingly, the E-Class Cabriolet is almost identical to the coupe as far as design goes. When the soft top is up, it has a silhouette similar to that of the fixed-top model, as Mercedes-Benz designed the canvas roof to mimic the coupe’s top almost in terms of shape and size.

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Not surprisingly, the E-Class Cabriolet is almost identical to the coupe as far as design goes.

Much like the coupe, the convertible also feature the same front fascia as the sedan, including the S-Class-inspired headlamps with twin LED strips, the significantly larger grille, and the A-shaped bumper we’ve come to see on almost every Mercedes lately.

It’s behind the A-pillar that the E-Class Cabriolet is different. The windscreen sits a tad lower, the front doors are longer, while the wheelbase is a bit shorter than the sedan. The missing C-pillars and the foldable roof spawned a redesigned decklid and revised rear fenders. Despite this, the elegant lines of the new E-Class are still there. Around back, it sports the same taillights as the S-Class Cabriolet (unlike the E-Class sedan), but uses a different bumper and different chrome work.

E-Class Cabriolet Vs Coupe

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The ride height has been lowered by 0.6 inches compared to the sedan, which emphasizes the sporty character of the two-door convertible body style.

Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the roof can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds.

The soft-top has also been redesigned. Available in dark brown, dark blue, red, or black, it has a multi-layered structure with thick insulation that reduces wind and road noise, enhancing comfort inside the cabin. Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the roof can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 30 mph. After opening, it folds down and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the trunk. A retractable cover separates the soft-top from the remaining trunk space so that the driver does not have to stop to operate the trunk separator manually.

New E-Class Cabriolet Vs. The Predecessor

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Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class Cabriolet has also grown in size. With a length of 190 inches, a width of 73.2 inches, and a height of 56.2 inches, the new car is the longest and widest E-Class Cabriolet to date. It also has wider tracks front and rear, which translates into better driving dynamics. Its considerably larger footprint also translates into a roomier cabin.

Exterior E-Class Cabriolet Predecessor Difference
Vehicle length (Inches) 190.0 185.0 +5.0
Vehicle width (Inches) 73.2 70.3 +2.9
Vehicle height (Inches) 56.2 54.8 +1.4
Wheelbase (Inches) 113.1 108.7 +4.4
Track width, front (Inches) 63.3 60.8 +2.5
Track width, rear (Inches) 63.5 60.6 +2.9

Competing Designs

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The current 6 Series feels old and lacks the elegance of the E-Class Cabriolet.

For a few years now — since Jaguar discontinued the XK in 2014 to be precise — the premium, midsize convertible niche remained a two-car battle between the E-Class and the BMW 6 Series. But while the current 6 Series is still going strong, Bimmer luxury drop-top is obviously dated compared to the new E-Class Cabriolet. Whereas the Merc is brand-new, has a fresh design, and it’s loaded with technology, the 6 Series is already six years old. With the grand tourer being one of the very few BMWs that have yet to be updated to the company’s latest design language, the discrepancy is very noticeable when it comes to exterior styling. The current 6 Series feels old and lacks the elegance of the E-Class Cabriolet and the 2015-model-year facelift didn’t do much to change that. This will change when the next-generation 6 Series arrives -— likely sometime in 2018 -— but until then, the Bavarian coupe leaves a lot to be desired.

BMW 6 Series Cabriolet Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
Wheelbase (Inches) 112.4 113.1
Length (Inches) 192.8 190.0
Width (Inches) 74.6 73.2
Height (Inches) 53.7 56.2
Track Front/Rear (Inches) 63/65.2 63.3/63.5

Interior

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All passengers will enjoy infinite headroom when the roof is folded behind the rear seats.

Inside, the E-Class Cabriolet is identical to the coupe save for infinite headroom that comes with a folding roof. Naturally, the rear compartment has less headroom and shoulder room with the canvas top in place compared to the sedan, but all passengers will enjoy infinite headroom when the roof is folded behind the rear seats. Other than that, look for the same styling features that make the E-Class Coupe a nice place to spend time in, including design cues borrowed from the S-Class, excellent fit and finish, attractive upholstery colors, and plenty of expensive options.

However, while the more affordable models of other E-Class versions come with an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system as standard, the Cabriolet gets the 12.3-inch unit at no extra cost. The instrument cluster with the seven-inch screen and two analogue dials remains in place in the less expensive variants, but the fully digital 12.3-inch display is available. Alongside the new screen, the infotainment system also has redesigned menus, functions, and Linguatronic voice control.

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The steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons that debuted in the E-Class sedan also found its way into the Cabriolet.

The steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons that debuted in the E-Class sedan also found its way into the Cabriolet. The new function can detect horizontal and vertical swipes just like the screen of a smartphone or tablet and allows the driver to control features of the infotainment system using only their thumbs. Other highlights include a new Comand rotary dial, energy-saving LEDs for interior lighting, and an optional Burmester sound system with 23 speakers.

The Cabriolet is also available with AirCap and AirScarf neck-level heating system to enhance comfort when driving with the roof down. There’s also an all-new 50:50 folding rear seat backrest that create a through-loading feature in the interior for everyday practicality.

New E-Class Cabriolet Vs. The Predecessor

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Interior E-Class Cabriolet Predecessor Difference
Effective rear legroom (Inches) 34.09 30.07 +4.01
Max. front/rear headroom (Inches) 40.70/36.41 40.11/36.18 +0.59/+0.23
Front/rear shoulder room (Inches) 56.06/48.34 54.09/47.79 +1.96/+0.55
Front/rear elbow room (Inches) 58.74/51.49 57.24/50.70 +1.49/+0.78

The Competition

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The 6 Series doesn't benefit from the state-of-the-art tech available with the latest E-Class.

Although it hasn’t received many updates in its first six years on the market, the 6 Series’ cabin looks somewhat fresh. It’s also a good example of how an upscale interior should look thanks to the masive amount of wood on the dashboard and center console, as well as the vertically oriented styling cues and overall classy feel. But while the design isn’t as dated as you’d expect from a six-year-old car, the 6 Series falls behind when it comes to comfort in the rear seats and features. Although it comes with a long list of standard features that include the usual automatic A/C, BMW ConnectedDrive Services, cruise control, leather upholstery, navigation, and heated front seats, the 6 Series doesn’t benefit from the state-of-the-art tech available with the latest E-Class.

BMW 6 Series Cabriolet Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 40.3/36.5 40.70/36.41
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.1/30.5 34.09
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 56.9/49.6 56.06/48.34
Cargo Volume (cu ft) 10.6 TBA

Drivetrain

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The new Cabriolet is the first E-Class drop-top to become available with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system

At launch, the E-Class Cabriolet will get the bi-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 328 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This version is sold as the E400 and E400 4Matic in the U.S. Speaking of 4Matic, the new Cabriolet is also the first E-Class drop-top to become available with the company’s all-wheel-drive system. In addition, the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission is standard.

In Europe, customers have access to more drivetrains. The gasoline range begins with the E200, which draws juice from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 181 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. This car is available in both rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive versions. Next up is the E300, which uses the same engine, but tweaked to generate 242 horses and 270 pound-feet of twist. The E400 is available in Europe too, with the same specs.

In Europe, customers have access to more drivetrains

Moving over to diesels, the E220d comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. The mill is rated at 191 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque and is nearly a half-second quicker than the base gasoline model from 0 to 62 mph. 4Matic is optional. More power comes from the E350d. An AWD-only model, this two-door comes with 254 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque on tap.

As of this writing, there’s no word on whether the E-Class Cabriolet will also get the E250, E350e, and E200d variants available with the sedan.

Competing Performance

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Unlike the E-Class Cabriolet, the 6 Series Convertible comes with more than just one engine.

Unlike the E-Class Cabriolet, the 6 Series Convertible comes with more than just one engine. The range begins with the 640i, which uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that generates 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Next up is the 650i, powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 443 horses and 479 pound-feet. The third drivetrain is a diesel, something we might not get in the E-Class Cabriolet for a very long time. The 640d moves about thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six that sends 308 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The only downside is that this unit isn’t available in the United States. But despite having more engine options, the 6 Series Convertible is quite heavy and not as dynamic as the E-Class, tipping the scales at more than 4,000 pounds in its lightest iteration.

BMW 640i Convertible BMW 650i Convertible Mercedes-Benz E400 Convertible
Engine 3.0-liter Twinpower Turbo inline 6-cylinder 4.4-liter Twinpower Turbo V-8 3.0-liter V-6
Horsepower 315 HP @ 5,800 RPM 445 HP @ 5,500 RPM 328 HP @ 5,250-6,000 RPM
Torque 330 LB-FT @ 1,300–4,500 RPM 480 LB-FT @ 2,000–4,500 RPM 354 LB-FT @ 3,500-5,250 RPM
Transmission 8-speed Sport Automatic 8-speed Sport Automatic 9G- TRONIC nine-speed automatic
Acceleration 0–60 mph 5.3 seconds 4.5 seconds 5.2 seconds
Top speed 130 mph 130 mph 130 mph
Weight 4,015 Lbs 4,260 Lbs TBA
Weight distribution, front/rear 50.9 / 49.1 52.2 / 47.8 TBA

Suspension

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The redesigned convertible feature the same steel-spring suspension with selective damping developed for the sedan. Optionally, customers will be able to select the Air Body Control suspension, a multi-chamber air suspension that controls how firmly the springs react to the road. An industry-first feature, it comes with all-around self-leveling for improved comfort and its ground clearance can be increased at the push of a button. Unlike the standard suspension, which has only the Comfort and Sport modes, the Air Body Control gets four settings: Comfort, ECO, Sport, and Sport+.

Safety

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On top of the numerous airbags that come with any modern Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Cabriolet gets the innovative Drive Pilot feature, which enables the car to follow the vehicle in front at speeds of up to 130 mph. The systems uses automatic braking and accelerating, as well as the Steering Pilot to handle moderate bends. A Speed Limit Pilot function automatically adjusts the car’s speed according to on-the-road speed limits detected by a camera. These features are part of the optional Driver Assistance Package Plus. Other driver assistance systems will include Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, and Remote Parking Pilot.

Prices

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Pricing for the E-Class Cabriolet starts from $66,300 in the U.S. That’s a $2,700 premium over the outgoing model. Upgrade to the 4Matic version of the E400, and the sticker jumps to $68,800. Prices do not include the $995 destination and delivery fee.

Competing Prices

The 6 Series Convertible starts from $85,100 in the U.S., a whopping, $20,000 more than the E-Class Cabriolet. For this amount, you get to take home the 640i model with RWD. Opt for the AWD version, and the sticker jumps to $88,100. Things get even more expensive with the 650i, which retails from $96,500 with RWD and from $99,500 with xDrive. The diesel model isn’t offered in North America.

BMW 640i RWD $85,100
BMW 640i xDrive $88,100
BMW 650i RWD $96,500
BMW 650i xDrive $99,500

Competition

Audi A5 Convertible

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While the previous E-Class Cabriolet was pretty much in the same market as the A5 Convertible due to the fact that it was based on the smaller C-Class, the new-generation midsize is significantly larger. But since this niche doesn’t have a proper rival to offer besides the 6 Series, the A5 Convertible is a good proposition if you can live with a more compact body and not as much room inside the cabin. Other than that, the A5 has everything it takes to give the Merc a run for its money. Unlike the 6 Series, it has a fresh design for 2017 and the new interior design is beautiful and modern. It’s also loaded with state-of-the-art tech, including a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, a seven-inch tablet screen (8.3-inch optionally) atop the dash, MMI Navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The lengthy options list includes inductive smartphone charging and a high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system. Various drivetrains are offered, from a 2.0-liter TFSI rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet in the base gasoline model to the 3.0-liter TFSI with 354 horses and 369 pound-feet in the S5. Diesel options include a 2.0-liter TDI with 190 horsepower and a 3.0-liter TDI with 286 horses. Pricing is not yet available, but it should start from around $50,000.

Find out more about the Audi A5 Convertible here.

Conclusion

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Much like its other siblings, the E-Class Cabriolet is arguably the most advanced vehicle in its class. Packed with the latest technology, a semi-autonomous drive system, and comfort-enhancing tech like AirCap and AirScarf, the E-Class drop-top offers unprecedented luxury, while also having an elegant, yet sporty design on its side. More good news comes from the fact that the E-Class finally rides on the same platform as its sedan sibling, which makes it not only lighter, but also roomier and more comfortable than its predecessor. The fact that the BMW 6 Series is a bit long in the tooth and not the best looking grand tourer out there — while being significantly more expensive — also plays well for the new E-Class Cabriolet.

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Spy Shots

April 6, 2016 - First testing session

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Press Release

Mercedes-Benz is completing its E-Class family with the new E-Class Cabriolet. This open-top four-seater combines puristic, sensuous design with long-distance comfort for four occupants and the latest E- Class technology. This includes comprehensive Smartphone Integration and available Inductive Wireless Charging, a widescreen cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems. A powerful engine and comfortable suspension ensure a sporty and luxurious driving experience. The Cabriolet is available with AIRCAP® and AIRSCARF® neck-level heating system to enhance comfort when driving with the roof down. For the first time, E-Class the Cabriolet is also available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

The new Cabriolet is the newest member of Mercedes-Benz’s new E-Class family, which has been entirely renewed within the last year. At the same time, the Mercedes-Benz brand is continuing its tradition of high-caliber cabriolets with a classic fabric soft top. "The passion for extraordinary vehicles, which we share with our customers, is reflected in our new E-Class Cabriolet in a unique way. It is a car that lets people enjoy comfort and luxury in the open air," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.

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When the soft top is up, the E-Class Cabriolet has a silhouette similar to that of the E-Class Coupe and displays the same expressive proportions. The close ties between the two models are likewise apparent in the pure design with an emphasis on surfaces with clean lines and sensuous forms. The "hot and cool" design idiom represents both elegance and intelligence, and shapes the appearance of the Cabriolet, which nevertheless exudes a unique character - especially when the soft top is down.

A striking front section with a low-positioned diamond-block grille and centrally located star, LED headlamps (or optional LED Intelligent Light System), a drawn-out hood with power domes and fully retractable side windows underline the sportiness of the Cabriolet. The tautly-stretched soft top flows harmoniously into the muscular-looking rear. Its elongated, sensuously sculpted shoulders and two-piece, extremely slim LED taillamps emphasize the sporty character of the four-seater. In addition to this, the taillamps exude a glow reminiscent of that given off by a jet engine. As a new feature with the optional LED Intelligent Light Sysem, the taillamps also put on a special light show for the driver when they approach or leave the car.

Suspension that is 0.6-inches lower than that of the Sedan likewise emphasizes the luxuriously sporty character of the E-Class Cabriolet. The car thus demonstrates its sporty credentials even with the standard 18-inch wheels.

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Premium-class fabric soft top

Available in dark brown, dark blue, red or black, the fully automatic acoustic soft top comes as standard. Its multi-layered structure with sophisticated insulation reduces wind and driving noise, which makes it easy for the occupants to hear each other talk, even when driving at higher speeds. The soft-top structure has an equally positive effect when it comes to climate comfort and makes the Cabriolet suitable for use all year round.

Derived from the S-Class Cabriolet, the soft top also meets high quality standards in terms of durability and operation. It can be fully opened and closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 30 mph. After opening, it folds down quietly and precisely and is stored in the soft-top compartment in the trunk. A retractable cover separates the soft top from the remaining trunk space. Thanks to the fully electrical control included in the available Cabriolet Comfort package, the driver does not have to stop to operate the trunk separator manually. The trunk capacity offers all the right ingredients for a high level of everyday practicality. The all-new 50:50 folding rear seat backrests create a through-loading feature in the interior – another advantage when it comes to everyday practicality.

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Interior – sophisticated style and sporty luxury

The interior of the new E-Class Cabriolet has a clear basic form. The upper section of the dashboard appears to be hovering and rests against generously proportioned trim elements which flow sensuously into the front doors. The exceptionally high- quality materials and finish emphasize the car’s sporty, stylish character and exude outstandingly high-class appeal.

A 12.3-in COMAND® display is equipped as standard. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is optionally available—a unique selling point in this segment–and is merged beneath a shared glass cover creating a widescreen that appears to be floating in thin air while simultaneously blending in smoothly between the upper and lower sections of the cockpit. The driver can choose from three different styles for the virtual instruments in the instrument cluster: Classic, Sport and Progressive.

The driver has multiple options for operating the instrument cluster, multimedia system and other functions: Touch Control Buttons in the steering wheel, a touchpad that recognizes handwriting and the controller in the center console, voice control and direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air conditioning and activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems.

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Distinctly sporty highlights include air outlets in Silver Shadow with a shape inspired by turbine engines.

The luxurious seats for all four occupants have a sportily sculpted individual-seat character. The sport seats feature sturdy side bolsters, organically integrated head restraints and available AIRSCARF® neck-level heating. Standard-fit automatic belt presenters for the front seats help the occupants to fasten their seat belts. The rear seats now provide a through-loading feature, further enhancing the car’s suitability for all-year-round use and its claim to be a fully-fledged four-seater.

High-grade materials and contemporary color landscapes come together to create a sporty, contemporary luxury. The attractive appointments in Yacht Blue in combination with Macchiato Beige lend the Cabriolet a cool, exclusive yachting look. Leather upholstery, available in four different colors, is equipped as standard, while optionally available Nappa leather comes in three different colors. There are seven different trim options to choose from, including two Natural Grain wood trims.

The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology. The same applies to the enhanced ambient lighting with 64 colors and a special feature in the shape of a rear light in the roof liner of the Cabriolet soft-top.

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Summer heat a constant companion

Customers opting for a cabriolet like to drive with the top down as often as possible. Maximum open-air comfort is possible in the E-Class Cabriolet thanks to the available AIRCAP® and the AIRSCARF® neck-level heating, which make the fresh air much more enjoyable even at low outside temperatures. The AIRCAP system was developed specifically for Mercedes-Benz cabriolets and consists of an electric wind deflector module inconspicuously integrated into the roof frame and an electric wind blocker behind the rear seats. At the press of a button, this system reduces the interior turbulence for the rear passengers, too. The combination of AIRCAP and AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the driver and front passenger allows enjoyment of open-air driving by circulating warm air around the neck area when temperatures are low outside.

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Larger and more luxurious

Compared with its predecessor, the new E-Class Cabriolet has grown in length, width and wheelbase: with a vehicle length of 190-in, a width of 73.2-in and a height of 56.2-in, the new E-Class Cabriolet is by far the larger model. The principal beneficiary of the wider track, with 63.3-in at the front and 63.5-in at the rear, is the driving dynamics. Its considerably larger footprint benefits passengers in the rear in particular. On each of the four high-quality seats - which all feel like individual seats in their own right - the driver and all passengers can all enjoy true comfort even on long journeys.

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Powertrain

With a 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, the new E-Class Cabriolet will be available for the first time as a 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive vehicle. Equipped as standard with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, the new Cabriolet allows for faster gearshifts and lower engine speeds.

Suspension: sporty, agile and comfortable

The suspension on the new E-Class Cabriolet is designed to offer agile driving pleasure as well as a highly comfortable ride. A sporty, lowered suspension with adjustable damping is available as a stand-alone option. With this suspension, the driver can modify the vehicle’s damping characteristics using the switch for the DYNAMIC SELECT system. There is a wide range of adjustment options available between the Eco, Sport and Sport+ modes, as well as an Individual mode.

AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension

The Cabriolet also has the option of AIR BODY CONTROL multi-chamber air suspension, as already seen on the E-Class Sedan and Wagon. Thanks to three chambers of different size in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle, the driver can control the firmness of the suspension in three stages. In this way, the occupants enjoy soft basic suspension, along with the secure feeling of good handling stability at higher speeds.

The multi-chamber air suspension is augmented by an electronically controlled adaptive damping system. It adjusts the damping at each individual wheel automatically to suit the current driving situation and condition of the road – such as in the case of evasive maneuvers or on rough roads. The system therefore delivers good ride comfort along with excellent driving dynamics.

Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver can also select different suspension characteristics in combination with the AIR BODY CONTROL system: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

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DYNAMIC SELECT – choose your own driving characteristics

The DYNAMIC SELECT system not only makes it possible to select the suspension characteristics in combination with AIR BODY CONTROL, it also enables the driver to influence other vehicle settings – such as the throttle response, ECO Start/Stop function, shift points of the automatic transmission and more. Depending on the equipment level, DYNAMIC SELECT provides the following transmission modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. "Individual" allows the driver to configure their own preferred transmission settings.

Light and safe body shell

In a cabriolet, the lack of a roof often results in reduced body rigidity. Mercedes engineers employed specific measures to counteract this during development. For instance, they made the body shell structures at the front end and on the floor exceptionally stiff, allowing a high level of driving dynamics.

Intelligent lightweight construction in aluminum hybrid design - a feature of the Coupe - has been retained. Most of the body shell components are made of die- cast aluminum and sheet steel. The front fenders, hood and trunk lid are made of sheet aluminum. The Cabriolet not only meets all current national and international crash requirements, but also the more stringent internal Mercedes-Benz safety standards.

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Safe protection

In the event of an accident, the high structural safety of the body and the extensive array of restraint systems offer optimum protection. These include:

Pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all front and rear seats
PRE-SAFE® reversible belt tensioner on the front seats
Front airbags for driver and passenger
A knee bag on the driver’s side
Thorax/pelvis bags for driver and front passenger Side bags in the rear

The roll-over protection system has been developed specifically for the Cabriolet. It consists of two cartridges that are fully retracted behind the rear seats and therefore invisible. If a roll-over is imminent, these cartridges are pyrotechnically fired, whereupon they shoot out to provide a survival space together with the A- pillar.

All E-Class innovations on-board

As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Cabriolet offers all the familiar features from the E-Class Sedan, Wagon and Coupe. Active Brake Assist comes as standard and is able to warn the driver of an imminent collision, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, can also assist in applying the

brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.

MAGIC VISION CONTROL with Cabriolet function

MAGIC VISION CONTROL® - the intelligent and highly efficient wash/wipe system for the windscreen – is integrated into both sides of the wiper blade and supplies cleaning fluid to a point just in front of the wiper blade lip. It allows ideal cleaning of the windscreen without the familiar splash of water that can briefly disrupt the driver’s field of view. Furthermore, when the soft top is down, the Cabriolet’s electronic control system reduces the amount of water, supplying just the required amount of water, mainly on the downward stroke of the wiper arm. In this way, the windscreen can be conveniently cleaned at any speed and with the roof open - without any of the water spraying into the vehicle’s interior. The complete system, including the wiper blades, is heated when the outside temperature falls to prevent snow or ice from sticking in winter.

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Individual highlights

The Cabriolet already comes with a high equipment specification as standard, augmented by a wide range of individualization options. The AMG Line is available to underline the sportiness of the Cabriolet with differences in the design of the bumpers, side skirts and larger wheels with AMG body styling. The dots in the diamond-block grille are chrome-plated, while the brake discs on the front axle are perforated.

Cabriolet suitable for use all year round

The E-Class Cabriolet boasts an exceptionally high level of everyday practicality. It is suitable for all seasons and all weather conditions thanks to the available AIRCAP® and the AIRSCARF® neck-level heating as well as a number of other features:

Acoustic soft top insulated to protect against heat and cold
Heat-reflecting leather in conjunction with leather appointments
Individually folding rear seat backrests with through-loading feature
Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive

Full Smartphone Integration

The standard COMAND® Navigation system heralds a new era in networking and digitalization. It enables effortless integration of the smartphone into the system by means of wireless charging for compatible mobile phones. It is possible to use Apple’s smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay® as well as Google’s Android AutoTM.

mbrace® Concierge: personalized attention

A further comfort highlight is the mbrace® Concierge Service, which is available on all carlines for customers with mbrace® Connect and mbrace® Secure. For participating customers, the range of services includes a host of personalized assistance options: from making a restaurant reservation to obtaining tips about tourist routes, information on cultural and sporting events and bookings to sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.

Access is straightforward - registered mbrace® subscribers can call up the Concierge Service either via the iCall button in the vehicle or on the Mercedes me app. The personal assistant takes care of everything else.

A proud history: "25th Anniversary" special edition

Mercedes-Benz launched a fourth body variant in the medium-size segment in spring 1992 – the 300 CE-24 Cabriolet. Today this open-top four-seater has become something of a coveted collectors’ item.

25 years later, Mercedes-Benz is honoring this first Cabriolet in the E-Class family by launching the "25th Anniversary" model, aimed primarily at collectors and lovers of unique cars. Highlights of the luxurious and exclusive "25th Anniversary" Edition include 19-inch 10-twin-spoke alloy wheels, Cabriolet Comfort package, Natural Grain Light Brown Elm wood trim, illuminated door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering, velour floor mats with "25th Anniversary Edition" embroidery and the MAGIC VISION CONTROL® system. The interior features high-grade designo appointments in the new color combination of Macchiato Beige/Tizian Red. An elaborate diamond pattern with carefully positioned perforation underlines the luxurious character of the new E-Class Cabriolet. The new exterior paint color Rubellite Red metallic is combined with a red soft top; the unique standing of the special model is further emphasized by "25th Anniversary" badges on the front fenders and on the center console.

The all-new 2018 E-Class Cabriolet will have its World Premiere at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show in March, and will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year.

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